Rod Stewart

Storyteller 1984-1991


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Details At A Glance

General
Extras
Category Music Video Theatrical Trailer(s) None
Rating g.gif (1187 bytes) Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1991 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 54:29 Minutes
(Not 60 Minutes as per packaging)
Other Extras None
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Movie
Region 2,3,4,5,6 Director Various
Studio
Distributor
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Warner Vision
Starring Rod Stewart
Case Super Jewel
RRP $39.95 Music Rod Stewart

 
 
Video
Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None Dolby Digital None
16x9 Enhancement No Soundtrack Languages English (Linear PCM 48/16 2.0, 1536 Kb/s)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Miscellaneous
Macrovision Yes Smoking Yes
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

Plot Synopsis

    Rod Stewart has got to be one of the ugliest pop stars in the world, and is certainly a relic of the days when selling a hundred million units (at least according to the advertising) took more than looking good. In case you're wondering why I put my hand up to review this title, I have four words for you: Rhythm Of My Heart. This song alone is worth the effort of looking at the disc, and a real favourite of mine because of the strong images it invokes in my mind of turning into a ghost and floating away to Scotland, a place I would far prefer to declare as my country of origin to Australia. Anyway, there are twelve songs included on this DVD, and in order, they are as follows:    Generally, when a tracklisting has so many occurrences of titles like My Heart Can't Tell You No, I generally have to recommend that you run in the opposite direction as fast as your legs can carry you. However, if you find songs such as Rhythm Of My Heart to be irresistible and meaningful, then this compilation is as good as you can expect for the time being.

Transfer Quality

Video

    The video transfer has obviously been taken from many sources, varying from nine to sixteen years of age, and it must be borne in mind that when this material was filmed, the idea of digital video in the average household was considered a pipe dream. Most of the videos on this disc are presented in the aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and none of them are 16x9 enhanced. Infatuation appears to have been shot with a slightly wider aspect ratio, looking something like 1.50:1.

    The transfer is generally very sharp, with the subject of each shot being easy to make out, but the obvious problems involved with music videos of the early 1980s become readily apparent at times. Shadow detail is poor, with the black portions of the transfer containing no discernible details whatsoever. Low-level noise and film grain are something of a problem, especially in the monochrome portions of the transfer. To make matters worse, the colour saturation is very poor during some parts of videos such as Lost In You, although the later videos such as Rhythm Of My Heart are largely immune from the above problems.

    MPEG artefacts were not a problem at any point, mainly because the video transfer's bit rate rarely falls below nine Mb/s, with the maximum ten Mb/s rate often being used. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some occasional aliasing, with a particularly bad example on the front of the car Rod is driving at 18:08. Film artefacts consisted of some small marks on the negatives used for most of the videos, but you'd be hard-pressed to notice most of them.

Audio

    There is a single soundtrack on this DVD, with Rod Stewart's incomparable vocals being presented in English with Linear PCM 2.0 16-bit Stereo. The vocals are always clear and distinct, as you would expect from a Rod Stewart DVD, although the music itself certainly doesn't get left far behind in the mix. There were no problems with audio sync except for those generally associated with miming songs for video.

    I am no fan of Rod Stewart's music, but this DVD makes listening to the songs quite pleasant in spite of their thematic sameness. Rhythm Of My Heart is a particular highlight of this tracklist, with its anthemic nature being unleashed by the digital format. To give you an idea, I always found this song to be quite boring and lifeless when I heard it being broadcast on the radio or television almost a decade ago, but hearing the song in digital makes a world of difference.

    There was no surround activity on this DVD, which is a real pity considering that some activity from the rears would have made the aforementioned song even greater. However, the immersive quality of the music itself more than makes up for this. The subwoofer, on the other hand, had a whale of a time supporting the bass and drum tracks, even if they are quite simplistic compared to what my subwoofer would normally consider a musical treat. This is a DVD with which to show off the musical qualities of your home theatre setup, if nothing else.

Extras

    This disc is bereft of extras.

Menu

    The menu is little more than a chapter and language selection facility, and is not 16x9 enhanced.

R4 vs R1

    The only difference between the two versions of this disc is the use of NTSC formatting in Region 1.

Summary

    Rod Stewart: Storyteller 1984-1991 is a good compilation for the fans, and I have no hesitation in recommending this disc to them.

    The video quality varies from below average to very good, and is generally good.

    The audio quality is superb, and quickly attains reference status.

    There are no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Dean McIntosh (my bio sucks... read it anyway)
July 28, 2000.

Review Equipment
   
DVD Grundig GDV 100 D, using composite output; Toshiba SD-2109, using S-video output
Display Panasonic TC-29R20 (68 cm), 4:3 mode, using composite input; Samsung CS-823AMF (80 cm), 16:9 mode/4:3 mode, using composite and S-video inputs
Audio Decoder Built In (Amplifier)
Amplification Sony STR-DE835
Speakers Panasonic S-J1500D Front Speakers, Philips PH931SSS Rear Speakers, Philips FB206WC Centre Speaker, JBL Digital 10 Subwoofer